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Some residents of Downers Grove subdivision don’t want sidewalks


Some residents of Clyde Country Estates, a rustic neighborhood with curved streets and mature trees in Downers Grove, don’t want sidewalks and are asking the village not to install them. The village plans to start the infrastructure project in May. It will include new streets and stormwater remediation.

But 55 homeowners in the 65-house subdivision have signed a petition asking the village not to fund the portion of the project that would add sidewalks on one side of every street.

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“This neighborhood was designed without sidewalks,” resident Mike Salazar said. “They’re not necessary for public safety; they would ruin trees and reduce stormwater absorption.”

He said the sidewalks would take away from the charm of the subdivision that was constructed in the 1950s.

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